Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Leon Goretzka with Bayern Munich holding ‘good and constructive’ talks over a new contract for the midfielder.
The 26-year-old, who has won eight trophies in his three years in Bavaria, is entering the final year of his deal and could walk away for nothing next year.
The Germany international is keen to become one of the top earners in Bavaria – matching the salaries of Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski.
And talks over a new deal are seemingly progressing according to Bayern president Herbert Hainer.
As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Hainer said: “We are in good and constructive talks with Goretzka to extend the contract, same for Kimmich. Further talks can now take place. Hopefully we can find a solution.”
It was understood that United offered a ‘big contract offer’ to Goretzka last week, but his preference is to remain in his homeland.
Goretzka has won three Bundesliga titles since joining Bayern Munich on a free transfer from Schalke in 2018.
During that time, he has also undergone an insane body transformation, while becoming a regular starter for Bayern and the Germany national team.
New Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann wants Goretzka to stay with the club.
Earlier this month, he said: “Leon is an important player for us. I would be happy to work with him for many years.
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“I think very highly of him. He is one of the most dangerous midfielders in the world. Everyone likes to have him in their team.”
Having sealed deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane already, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add a midfielder to his ranks this summer.
He may have to look for alternatives to Goretzka, however, with Rennes’ Edouardo Camavinga and West Ham’s Declan Rice also linked.